To the rescue
County EMTs give a lift when air ambulance breaks down
A Marion County ambulance saved the day Friday after a medical helicopter with equipment trouble had to make an emergency landing in northern Marion County.
Emergency medical services director Travis Parmley said the LifeSave air ambulance was headed to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita with a patient from a multiple-vehicle accident when it had an equipment failure. The helicopter crew made an emergency landing on the west side of Sunflower Rd. about a half-mile north of 340th.
Tampa ambulance was sent to provide mutual aid for Dickinson County for the same multiple-vehicle accident where the helicopter picked up its patient, but did not find the accident at the reported location.
Medics from the LifeSave ambulance tended the patient in the Tampa ambulance during the trip to Wesley, Parmley said. Marion EMS is not licensed to handle code red trauma patients.